What does it sound like?:
Despite starting life as a one-off tribute to Mott The Hoople, the Down’n’Outz (Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot backed by most of The Quireboys) return with their fourth release and the first to consist almost wholly of new material albeit with a very 70’s vibe.
Opener “Another Mans War” starts with majestic piano, before breaking down to more of a three chord stomp-a-long with strong Mott overtones. Title track “This Is How We Roll” is a full tilt belter with the wah pedal to the fore and Elliott’s voice showcased, sounding better than ever. “Goodnight Mr Jones” – a farewell to Bowie – takes the foot off the gas playing in an orchestra, more in sing along mode, saved from being too saccharine by some deft minor chord changes and another fine guitar solo (a “stripped down” version – that sounds almost identical to me – closes the album).
“Creatures” could have been part of the “Bugsy Malone” soundtrack, a catchy song evoking a jaunty fair ground and whilst “Last Man Standing” sits in fairly standard ballad territory, although it grew on me just a little bit more with each play and does better than “Walking To Babylon” which is of a similar ilk.
Standout tracks for me were the full tilt “Boys Don’t Cry” – the kind of rocker with melody and attitude that Bon Jovi excel – and the only cover on the album, The Tubes “White Punks On Dope” which manages to be both faithful to the original but even more punchy. All in all one of the best things I’ve heard in a fair while.
What does it all *mean*?
Deja-vu is just as good as it used to be.
Goes well with…
A copy of “Sounds”.
Might suit people who like…